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Chautala, son get bail in teachers' recruitment scam case

September 05, 2008 13:31 IST

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Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay were on Friday granted bail by a Delhi [Images] court, which had issued summons against them in a case related to alleged irregularities in recruitment of over 3,000 junior basic teachers in the state.

Special CBI Judge R K Yadav allowed their bail plea after they furnished a personal and surety bond of Rs 50,000 each.

The court had on August 20 granted bail to 56 other accused and issued summons against the Haryana leaders.

Earlier, the court had taken cognisance of the chargesheet filed by CBI in the case saying "prima facie sufficient evidence" has been produced against as many as 62 accused to proceed with the trial.

Out of the 62 accused, which included self-proclaimed whistle blower and IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar, two have died during the four-year-long probe.

The CBI had filed an FIR on May 25, 2004, following a directive from the Supreme Court against Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, IAS officers Vidya Dhar (the then officer on special duty to the chief minister) and Sanjeev Kumar, political advisor to Chautala Sher Singh.

Earlier, the court taking note of the alleged findings against the accused, said, "Chautala was the chief minister, who was the sole custodian of law in Haryana state. Ajay was an MP and was supposed to maintain high standard of conduct and rather they took law into their own hands."

The CBI has sought the prosecution of accused under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC dealing with forgery, using fake documents as genuine and criminal conspiracy.

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